Download E-books Gertrude Stein (Critical Lives) PDF

By Lucy Daniel

'You are, in fact, by no means yourself', wrote Gertrude Stein in a single of her famously witty autobiographies. because the Twenties Stein has been celebrated in lots of incarnations: because the embodiment of Left financial institution bohemia, as a customer of contemporary artwork and writing, as a homosexual icon, because the coiner of the expression 'Lost Generation', and because the hostess of maybe the main recognized salon of contemporary occasions. but regardless of a huge and sundry physique of labor and a writing existence that spanned 50 years, she continues to be the most recognizable and but least-known of the 20th century's significant literary figures. With certain connection with her works, to the numerous amazing photographs and readings, and to Stein's personal unique anecdotes, Lucy Daniel discusses how the legend of 'Gertrude Stein' was once created, either by means of herself and her admirers. The e-book tracks Stein's paintings, from early efforts in automated writing to past due experiments within the artwork of autobiography, through her mix of continuous stylistic rejuvenation and amazing own air of mystery. It additionally takes in her involvement with turn-of-the-century feminism and psychology, her 40-year dating with Alice B. Toklas, the cultural influence of her salon within the Parisian ex-pat scene, her many recognized friendships, and the talk surrounding her lifestyles in occupied France through the moment international struggle. A clean and readable presentation of 1 of the key Anglo-American Modernists, Gertrude Stein will entice readers of Gertrude Stein and her circle, in addition to experts within the fields of literature, artwork, gender reviews, Modernism and cultural reviews.

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Download E-books Crunching Gravel: A Wisconsin Boyhood in the Thirties (North Coast Books) PDF

No nostalgic story of the nice previous days, Robert Peters’s reminiscences of his early life vividly evoke the melancholy on a hardscrabble farm close to Eagle River:  Dad using the Vilas County reduction truck, Lars the Swede freezing to dying on his porch, the embarassment of commencement in a go well with from welfare.  The difficult efforts to place fish and potatoes and blueberries at the desk are punctuated by way of occasional pleasures:  the Memorial Day party, swimming at Perch Lake, the county reasonable with Mother’s prizes for jam and the unique delights of the midway.  Peters’s clear-eyed memoir unearths a poet’s eye for wealthy and stark aspect at the same time a boy of twelve.

“Peters misses not anything, from the main points of the town’s Fourth of July get together to the reason and influence of a tender cousin’s suicide to the calibrations of racism towards Indians that used to be so appropriate then.  it's a attention-grabbing, unsentimental examine a bit of our past.”—Margaret E. Guthrie, New York occasions ebook Review

“It’s not likely that the other modern poet and pupil as special has risen from really so humble beginnings as Robert Peters.  Born and raised by way of semiliterate mom and dad on a subsistence farm in northeastern Wisconsin, Peters lived harrowingly as regards to the eventual stuff of his poetry—the dependency of people on animal lives, the inexplicable and usual heroism and baseness of individuals dealing with severe stipulations, the urgency of actual desire.  .  .  .  Sterling youth memoirs.”—Booklist

“Robert Peters has written a memoir exemplary simply because he insists at the particular, at the own and the local.  it's also greatly pleasant to learn, and it's one of the so much actual bills of youth and early life I know—a Wisconsin David Copperfield!”—Thom Gunn

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Download E-books Anne McCaffrey: A Life with Dragons PDF

By Robin Roberts

Anne McCaffrey: A lifestyles with Dragons is the biography of a author who vividly depicted alien creatures and new worlds. because the writer of the Dragonriders of Pern sequence, McCaffrey (b. 1926) is likely one of the most important writers of technology fiction and myth. She is the 1st girl to win the Hugo and Nebula awards, and her 1978 novel The White Dragon used to be the 1st science-fiction novel to seem at the manhattan instances hardcover bestseller record.

This biography unearths a desirable and intricate determine, one that creates and re-creates her fiction by way of drawing on lifestyles reports. At a number of phases, McCaffrey has been a gorgeous younger lady who refused to slot into conventional gender roles in highschool, a stressed younger mom who desired to write, an American expatriate who grew to become an Irish citizen, an animal lover who dreamed of delusion worlds with excellent relationships among people and beasts, and a spouse trapped in an unsatisfied marriage simply because the women's move took carry.

writer Robin Roberts carried out interviews with McCaffrey, her kids, acquaintances, and associates, and used archival correspondence and modern stories and feedback. The biography examines how McCaffrey's early pursuits in theater, Slavonic languages and literature, and British historical past, mythology, and tradition all formed her technology fiction. The e-book is a nuanced portrait of a author whose charm extends well past readers of her selected genre.

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Download E-books Eugene Field and His Age PDF

By Lewis O. Saum

Eugene box (1850–95) could be most sensible remembered for his kid's verse, in particular "Little Boy Blue" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod." in the course of his journalistic occupation, in spite of the fact that, his column, "Sharps and Flats," within the Chicago day-by-day News illuminated the shenanigans of neighborhood and nationwide politics, captured the buzz of baseball, and praised the cultural scene of Chicago and the West over that of the East Coast and Europe. box used whimsy, satire, and, now and then, unadorned admiration to depict and encapsulate the power of a tender kingdom reinventing itself and its political pursuits within the last a long time of the 19th century.
 
Foremost, box was once a political observer. in the course of his lifetime politics observed extra public wisdom and involvement than at the other time in American heritage, and Field's nice attractiveness derived frequently from his near-ceaseless commentary—arch, outlandish, comedian, serious—on that area of affairs. box additionally committed many columns to leisure and diversions, discussing the baseball "idiocy" that stormed Chicago and championing and criticizing authors and actors.

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Download E-books Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision PDF

Virginia Woolf's many novels--notably Night and Day (1919), Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931)--transformed principles approximately constitution, plot and characterization. Sister of Vanessa Bell, Woolf was once a valuable determine within the Bloomsbury staff, that union of associates who revolutionized British tradition with their leading edge method of artwork, layout and society within the early years of the 20 th century. Portraiture figured enormously in Woolf's existence: graphics via G.F. Watts and pictures made through her aunt, Julia Margaret Cameron, supplied rooms within which she lived; written pix have been produced within the kinfolk domestic; and her father, Leslie Stephen, released brief biographies of Samuel Johnson, Pope, speedy, George Eliot and Thomas Hobbes, whereas modifying the 1st 26 volumes of the Dictionary of nationwide Biography. all through her existence, Woolf, a pointy observer and a super wordsmith, composed memorable vignettes-in-words of individuals she knew or encountered, and used to be herself portrayed through artists and photographers on many events. This superbly illustrated ebook appears to be like at Woolf's visual appeal and that of the area round her, pointing to her wish to comprehend greater the instant within which she lived. In charting the emotional milestones in Woolf's life--her amorous affairs, wartime reports and the melancholy that ended in her suicide in 1941--acclaimed artwork historian, critic and biographer Frances Spalding recognizes the visible and unseen features of her topic. Virginia Woolf: paintings, lifestyles and Vision contains ninety superbly reproduced key works from private and non-private collections, documentary images, extracts from Woolf's writings and a chronology of her existence and paintings.

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Download E-books Elizabeth Bishop: Life and the Memory of It PDF

Elizabeth Bishop committed her poetry to telling “what relatively happened.” but what particularly occurred within the existence on one of many 20th century's most interesting and so much cherished American poets has eluded readers for years. during this first complete biography, Brett Miller items jointly the compelling and painful tale of Bishop's existence and lines the writing of her brilliantly crafted poems.

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Download E-books Samuel Johnson: The Struggle PDF

By Jeffrey Meyers

Ford Madox Ford declared Samuel Johnson “the so much tragic of all our significant literary figures.” Blessed with a powerful mind and a burning ardour for concepts, Johnson additionally struggled all through his existence with psychological instability and diverse actual defects. the most illustrious figures of the English literary culture, Johnson made his repute as poet, essayist, critic, dictionary-maker, conversationalist, and all-around larger-than-life character. His luck used to be the entire higher for the adversity he needed to conquer in attaining it.

Drawing on a life of research of Johnson and his period, in addition to a big selection of recent archival fabrics, famous biographer Jeffrey Meyers tells the extreme tale of 1 of the nice geniuses of English letters. Johnson emerges in his portrait as a mass of contradictions: lazy and full of life, competitive and gentle, depression and witty, comforted but suffering from faith. He used to be bodily repulsive and slovenly in costume and behavior, yet his social rules have been revolutionary and humane—he strongly adverse slavery and the imperial exploitation of indigenous peoples. He gave generously to the negative and homeless, rescued prostitutes, and defended criminals who’d been condemned to hold. yet those charitable acts couldn't dispel the darkness that clouded his international: overwhelming guilt and worry of everlasting damnation.

A masterful portrait of an excellent and tormented determine, this booklet reintroduces a brand new new release of readers to the heroic Dr. Johnson.

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Download E-books The Dracula Secrets: Jack the Ripper and the Darkest Sources of Bram Stoker PDF

An investigation of the facts for hyperlinks among Dracula and Jack the Ripper, containing unique examine and formerly unpublished and infrequent materials/illustrations—as good as an evocative exploration of the theater and esoteric scene in Eighties London

Since its ebook in 1897, there were feedback that the fictitious exploits of Dracula have been extra heavily linked to Jack the Ripper than a Transylvanian count number. Historian Neil Storey presents the 1st British-based research of the assets utilized by Stoker and paints an evocative portrait of Stoker, his impacts, pals, and the London he knew within the past due nineteenth century. between Stoker's workforce of associates, despite the fact that, have been darkish shadows. Storey explores how Stoker created Dracula out of the weather of worry that surrounded the Jack the Ripper murders in 1888. upload to this powerful mixture the suggestion that Stoker can have recognized Jack the Ripper in my view and hidden the clues to this poor wisdom in his e-book. the basis is seductive and connects a number of the giants of level and literature of overdue Victorian Britain. Having received unparalleled entry to the original archive of 1 of Stoker's most beneficial associates and the dedicatee of Dracula, Storey sheds new mild on either Stoker and Dracula, and divulges startling new insights into the hyperlinks among Stoker's construction and the main notorious assassin of all time.

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Download E-books Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie PDF

By Richard Hack

Even if she is the most well-liked novelist in heritage, with over billion books bought all over the world, Agatha Christie lived a lifestyles shrouded in secrecy and fueled through interest. approximately as infamous for her aversion to the clicking as she was once for her eighty books and collections of brief tales, Christie made no mystery of her desire for privateness. using over 5,000 formerly unpublished letters, notes, and files, award-winning biographer Richard Hack permits Christie to put in writing back, 33 years after her loss of life. Duchess of Death is her tale, as choked with romance, commute, wealth, and scandal as any secret Christie ever crafted.

There were various biographies of the Queen of Crime, all of which declare to be definitive. even though, Duchess of Death is the 1st to attract from such an important variety of formerly unpublished correspondence and notes, successfully constructing it because the such a lot authoritative, penetrating examine the non-public and literary lifetime of Christie.

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Download E-books Henry James: A Life in Letters PDF

By Henry James

James' correspondents incorporated presidents and best ministers, painters and nice women, actresses and bishops, and the writers Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Edith Wharton. This fully-annotated choice from James' eloquent correspondence permits the author to bare himself and the interesting global during which he lived. The letters offer a wealthy and interesting resource for James' perspectives on his personal works, at the literary craft, on intercourse, politics and friendship. jointly they represent, in Philip Horne's personal phrases, James' 'real and top biography'.

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